A high school in North Carolina has suspended 14-year-old student Ariana Iacono for refusing to remove a small stud earring in her nose, even though she considers the piercing to be an expression of her religion. Iacono’s faith, the little-known-until-now Church of Body Modification, say spiritual growth is achieved through body modification. But the school’s dress code states that students are not allowed to wear jewelry on the nose, tongue, lips, cheek or eyebrow.
Now a debate about this is raging over at ParentDish. While some parents are saying school have the right to do whatever they need to do to minimize distractions, others say this is a clear violation of religious freedom – even if that religion is something no one’s ever heard of.
What do you think? Does your local high school let kids wear non-ear piercings?